Imara’s return-to-origin in her early twenties is fraught with hardship. Kenya is no place for short skirts (or the women in them) and signs of social progression and autonomy are nowhere to be found. What’s more, she is a foreigner among the prevailing majority, doesn’t speak Swahili, and can’t seem to escape developing world problems. Of course there’s Hosea, the American love she left in search of identity and purpose. Imara succumbs to depression, causing her parents to sign her up as a volunteer at a Maasai Mara children’s orphanage. But the savanna offers no refuge. Having resolved that suicide-by-lion is her only way out, dark, supernatural occurrences derail her plans and result in a new purpose.
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I am a twenty-something woman of color with a strong interest in history and a passion for storytelling. I love to travel and often find that I am most inspired to record my experiences in new environments. I have a pet rabbit that I am absolutely terrified of named Sanaa, and a bad habit of forgetting names very soon after they are told to me.